Some victims of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeje
Onwuamadike “Evans”, have expressed fears that their lives may be in
danger considering that there are members of his gang and people loyal
to him who are yet to be arrested.
Donatus Dunu, one of Evans’ victims who escaped from the Igando hideout
after plans were made to kill him, condemned the release of his worker,
Emeka Egbulugha, who he claimed supplied inside information that led to
the condition of anonymity, said he was held by the abductors for six
months and still lives with the trauma. He added that since his release,
he keeps a low profile.
get over the shock of my kidnap. Honestly, I am afraid to talk about it
because I believe a lot of his members are still walking free. The
police have done well by arresting him but they should round up all his
other gang members.
months until my family paid the last dime demanded. I have been hiding
since my release. I know the trauma Evans and his members put me
through. Till this day, I get scared when his name is mentioned. It took
me two months before I could sign my cheque.
I heard that criminal is begging for forgiveness and that people are
even campaigning for his release. Has he forgotten the damage he did to
my family and many others? The police should please ensure his other
members walking free are caught. That’s the only way I can feel safe.”
the owner of Maydon Pharmaceutical Company, Ilupeju, Lagos, said the
release of Emeka and a couple of others has placed his life and those of
his family members in danger. He insisted that he saw Emeka at the
kidnappers’ den in Igando, when he was kept there as a victim for over
allowed those suspected workers in my company to be granted bail in any
guise because I have evidence of the active participation of,
particularly, Emeka, my pharmacist. Releasing him has worsened my plight
and that of my family.
release Emeka, the chief accomplice in my kidnap? I not only heard his
voice while in captivity, but saw him there few days after my kidnap. He
came asking them where I was kept. When they showed him, he opened the
door where they kept me in chains and our eyes met. Though I was
blindfolded, I was about eating when I heard his voice and I normally
remove the blind. That was how I saw him and I had the greatest shock of
abductors. His voice is unmistakable to me having stayed with him since
2003. The man in charge of the den, Uche, whom he claimed he does not
know, speaks the same dialect with him. He is the person Emeka met each
time he visited. There was also another member of the gang who spoke the
Abakaliki dialect of Yoruba and I don’t know whether those arrested
have confessed about his whereabouts to the police.
have a strong feeling that Uche and Emeka are from the same town
because they speak the same dialect. Those guarding me were initially
two. When the Abakaliki man travelled on Easter Monday,
they brought another person to replace him. That one is very sick
because he was coughing constantly. I knew that the Abakaliki man
travelled because I heard Emeka discussing with Uche, asking whether he
had travelled and Uche said, yes.
weeks after, chairman came back and I knew whenever he visited because
they shut all the doors and switch on the generator perhaps, to stifle
their discussions. His visit did not last more than 10 minutes and that
was the first and only time he came to the den while I was there. That
same night, the Abakaliki man brought noodle for my dinner.
told me to eat so that I will have enough energy to face ‘us at the
canal.’ They later told me that canal is where they use to ‘bath’ their
captives and I concluded that it means where they killed their victims. I
was made to understand that the Abakaliki man is the one that would
kill me if chairman gives the order.
when I realised the killing they were discussing with Emeka was about to
take place. Earlier, I thought that the killing they were discussing
must be probably another person. But after this canal; discussion, I now
knew that I was their target. After that, I overheard Emeka again,
about two weeks later, discussing with Uche saying ‘If they want to kill him, they should kill him. In fact, kill him.’
Nation reports that when asked if he had any disagreement with Emeka
before his kidnap, Dunu said the only thing he remembered was making
some adjustments after he suspected Emeka was fleecing him.
said: “I suspected that he and some of my boys were stealing goods from
my warehouse and I made changes, which I suspect did not favour him. I
strongly suspect that this must be his motive to connive with those
kidnappers. In fact, before my abduction, we had a meeting with a
foreign partner and I remember vividly that during one of my telephone
conversations with their chairman whom I suspect is Evans, he asked me
who the two ladies in my office were the same day I was kidnapped.
came to the office that same day and those ladies were with me. Why
did the chairman ask that question? Who told him that I was with two
ladies in my office? These are the unanswered questions police should
that they have a group picture of my staff which we took last January.
We use to meet every January and all the sales representatives including
Emeka attended. They also claimed they went to take inventory of the
goods in my warehouse. Yes, they did but we are still auditing to know
whether goods were missing or not.
account opening document was found in Emeka’s official car before he was
taken to the anti-kidnapping unit after his arrest. Emeka was the only
visitor that came to the den while I was there. He was not an ordinary
friend to those that guarded me.
that the police allowed the court to set him free thereby endangering
my life. I don’t think the police carried out a thorough investigation
after the so-called identification parade which was simply a charade. I
am calling on the police authorities to do the needful by re-arresting
Emeka and investigating him thoroughly.”
Commissioner of Police, Administration, Dansuki Galandashi, said Emeka
and two others, Kingsley and Tochukwu, were arrested and charged to
court on May 17. The suspects, he said, were remanded in prison custody before court granted them bail on June 23.
they were granted bail, Evans was arrested. We did an identification
parade and they said they did not know Evans. Evans also claimed not to
know any of them. “Since the Inspector-General of Police (IGP’s) creed
is to inspire openness, we had no choice than to charge the case to
court. The court looked at the evidences and released the suspects. The
police did not release them, the court did,” Galandashi said.